Architecture (BSc, MArch)

the United Kingdom

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The award
BSc, MArch

How long you will study
5 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9000 per year

How you will study
full-time, sandwich

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 23450 per year

All study options

About Architecture at Cardiff University

A leading school of architecture

Study in one of the top 5 schools of architecture in the UK, joining our global community of staff and students.

Funded study visits

Benefit from School-funded study visits in Wales, UK and overseas, experiencing architecture first-hand and alongside teaching staff.

Research-led design

Our BSc promotes grounded creativity and responds to real-world challenges, producing quality graduates to address diverse demands and shape the future of design practice.

Highly employable graduates

98% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study 15 months after graduation (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18)

Bespoke new facilities

Established c.1920 within the purpose-built Bute Building, recently refurbished to incorporate new facilities, including hybrid studios, workshop, digital fabrication and Living Lab.

The Welsh School of Architecture has a reputation for being one of the best in the UK. Our aim is to make the world a better place through contextually sensitive, sustainable and beautiful architecture.

Through our courses, we support our students to become well-rounded and capable individuals, by addressing the full range of skills required to be an architect. These include creative design, building construction and performance, environmental design, issues of sustainability, matters of professional responsibility and the duties of an architect, and an understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of architecture and urban design.

The BSc/MArch is a unique degree course as, after successful completion of the three-year ARB/RIBA Part 1 BSc with at least a 2:1 (or equivalent qualification from another university), students will spend most of the first year of the MArch in architectural practice. This is followed by a single, final year based in the school. Part 1 and Part 2 of the UK professional qualification for architects are fulfilled by the BSc and MArch degrees, respectively. Both degrees are approved by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB). Students intending to become a registered architect in the United Kingdom will need to complete a Part 3 programme, for example our Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture: Professional Practice.

Most of your time on these courses is spent in the design studio, working on architectural design projects that grow in scale and complexity as you progress through them. Many of the skills mentioned above are developed through and integrated into design. We offer a range of working spaces, workshops and computer aided design facilities to support this.

You will be taught both by permanent academic staff and tutors from local and leading UK practices, providing an exciting mix of design approaches and experiences. As the leading school of architecture in Wales, we have good links with the Welsh Government, construction industry bodies and professional practice locally, and we also have strong international links.

If you already have a first degree and wish to apply for the MArch Part 2 only, please visit our postgraduate pages for more information.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBSc, MArchHow you will studyFull-time, SandwichHow long you will study5 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9000 per yearInternational course feesGBP 23450 per year

Entry requirements

A Levels

AAA-AAB

Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

English requirements

Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in all communicative skills.

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits. III: at least a Pass in all components.

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

What students think about Cardiff University

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